Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s offering of 775 new Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) program places.
Acting CEO of Dementia Australia, Leanne Emerson, said the organisation welcomed the additional places, but would like to see more awareness of the benefits that this kind of program for people living with dementia.
“It’s great that the Federal Government has expanded the Restorative Care program for older Australians, but our experience is that people with dementia are rarely given access to restorative or reablement programs. People with dementia can benefit greatly from restorative approaches and we hope to see this as an integral part of dementia care in the future,” Ms Emerson said.
“Receiving the additional services and learning the new skills the STRC programs makes available would allow people living with dementia to be more independent and this has enormous benefits for them and their communities.”
The STRC program provides tailored early intervention care and services that can prevent older people from prematurely entering long term care and help them remain independent longer. Services can include physiotherapy, social work, nursing support, personal care and assistive technologies depending on the person’s needs. The places will become available from 1 July.